The Week Ahead @ Henry

 

Photo courtesy of Julia Greenway.

Video//Yoga

Thursday, June 19, 12:30 pm

Find the balance you need and interaction you crave with Julia Greenway every third Thursday.

 

Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Arts Dawgs Reception and Tour: 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, June 19, 6:00-8:00 pm- CLOSES SUNDAY

Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington’s School of Art Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design annual exhibition. This special Arts Dawgs event offers for a reception and tour of the exhibition. The artists will be present. The UW Alumni Association and ArtsUW have partnered once again to offer UWAA members exciting opportunities to experience the arts as an insider. Learn more about the program here. Tickets will be available at the door tonight.

 

Hylaeus Project, Fieldwork in Hawaii. Image Courtesy of Lisa Schonberg.

Summer Field Studies Takes to the Open Air

June 21 – September 14

Summer Field Studies is a presentation and interactive program series that invites visitors to explore contemporary art and ideas not only at the Henry, but out in the surrounding landscape.

Artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets and explorers were invited to participate in the creation of a series of interactive field guides for the Henry’s Test Site. These field guides will introduce visitors to a variety of individual and collaborative projects from in around the Pacific Northwest that deal with landscape as a means to facilitate personal reflection and as a discursive space. Projects range from outdoor residency programs, floating concerts, visits to secret gardens, and much more.

Featured artists: Meagan Atiyeh, Sara Edwards, Nat Evans, Jason Goods, Amy Harwood, Tessa Hulls, Garek Jon Druss, Joanne Lepreore, Molly Mac, Daniela Molnar, NKO, Michelle Peñaloza, Clyde Peterson, Ryan Pierce, Susan Robb, Kerri Rosenstein, Lisa Schonberg, Elizabeth Spavento, Allyce Wood

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Courtesy Ken Lambert from the Seattle Times.

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, June 12, 12:30pm

Moment by moment we live our lives; come learn how to be more mindful with us among the art.

 

Closing this Sunday!

This is the last week you’ll be able to see The Brink: Anne Fenton. We have been honored to show this emerging Northwest artist at the Henry. Not only is her work thoughtful and engaging, but it’s fun — much like the artist herself. Do yourself a favor and come check the show out this week!

 

Anne Fenton installation image

Installation view of “The Brink: Anne Fenton.” Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

Artist Anne Fenton with Brink Award funders Shari and John Behnke to her right. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Artist Anne Fenton with Brink Award funders Shari and John Behnke to her right. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

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A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.

A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.

VIDEO//YOGA

Thursday, May 15, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

VIDEO//YOGA is part of a series of yoga classes taught side-by-side with video art; creating an immersive visual and yogic experience that activates and engages all the senses. Julia Greenway, instructor and curator at Interstitial Theatre, invites you to enjoy the enriching experience of yoga in an environment of freedom, creativity, and compassion. FREE EVENT. Space is limited please RSVP.

Mirror Check

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm & Sunday, May 18, 2:30 pm

In Mirror Check, one of Joan Jonas’s earliest works, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.

 

Can’t wait to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our favorite street fair! Image courtesy University District Street Fair.

University District 45th Annual Street Fair

Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th

Food trucks, art, and live performances – join us in the best neighborhood party in Seattle. Look for the ArtsUW booth to win prizes and free tickets!

 

IntlMuseumDay

Museum Week Northwest and International Museum Day

From May 16 – 23, enjoy Museum Week Northwest, a celebration of our region’s museums and cultural institutions in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Seattle. More than 55 organizations have created special programming and admission offers. Check them out!

May 18th is both International Museum Day AND Art Museum Day. We’re celebrating by offering FREE admission to the Henry and a special curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 pm. Join us!

Jellyfish Eyes and Japan’s Monster Culture

Please enjoy the this guest post on our upcoming screening of Jellyfish Eyes by writer/scholar Zack Davisson.

The Henry is honored to be one of nine host art institutions across the USA to host these screenings the first weekend of May. Jellyfish Eyes (Mememe No Kurage) [still].

Japan loves monsters. They write books about monsters, draw comics about monsters, make movies about monsters, and even name their foods after monsters. Whether it is from the magical menagerie of Japan’s traditional yōkai or the post-war, towering beasts of destruction like Godzilla, Gamera, or Ultraman; or the endless parade of modern Pokemon (which translates into English as Pocket Monster); Japanese children are weaned on monsters. They find these strange beasts as friendly of companions as American children find Snoopy and Yoda. It comes as no surprise that one of Japan’s premier modern artists, Takashi Murakami, loves monsters, too.

Murakami has always included monsters in his artwork. When he was searching for an artistic style free of Western influence—something “uniquely Japanese”—he found was he was looking for in Japan’s monsters. His Superflat* exhibitions summoned all of Japan’s monsters, from the distant Heian period prints to the garish extravaganza of modern pop culture, and smashed them together into an organic style that speaks both of Murakami and Japan.

In his first film Jellyfish Eyes, Murakami again summons monsters. They are monsters of his own creation but with a nod to two fellow Japanese artists in particular—Shigeru Mizuki and Toru Narita. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Murakami states that Jellyfish Eyes is “… inspired by ‘a manga called GeGeGe no Kitaro’ from the 1960s,” a comic that “accidentally formed the basis for the rest of [his] life.” In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he expands, saying “My life is heavily influenced by two television shows – Ultraman [1966-1967] and Ultra Seven [1967-68] – because of the artists behind them, especially the Ultraman series artistic designer Toru Narita.”

Murakami is in good company. These artists—Takashi Murakami, Kitaro-creator Shigeru Mizuki, and Ultraman-designer Toru Narita—are torch-bearers of Japan’s monster culture. Shigeru Mizuki rescued Japan’s folkloric yōkai monsters from the ashes of WWII, recasting them as down-to-earth working class heroes with very human motivations and adventures. Mizuki is a mix of the sacred and the profane, pursuing serious scholarly research into yōkai for his Yōkai Encyclopedias, all the while injecting his comic Kitaro with his own earthy sense of humor—fart jokes and all. Toru Narita dove into the future for his monsters, more inspired by the American Buck Rogers and alien attacks than mythical yōkai. He gave the children of Japan a sense of hope for the future and a much needed escape during a time of social upheaval and transformation.

These three artists are also not content delivering mere entertainment. Mizuki turned his beloved Kitaro characters into history teachers, brutally confronting Japan with its own past in his comic series Showa: A History of Japan. Narita also used his monsters to personify social problems, creating physical manifestations of complex issues for Ultraman to smash. In the same way, Murakami promises that Jellyfish Eyes will use the approachable, familiar, and friendly faces of these cute little monsters to educate the children of Japan about concepts as grim as the inevitability of death and the certainty of periodic failure.

And, I have no doubt, at the same time Murakami will inspire a new generation of Japanese monster-lovers to carry their strange beasts into the future.

 

See Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes this weekend at Henry Art Gallery – get tickets here.

 

*”Superflat” is a term coined by Murakami to describe the way various forms of graphic design, pop culture, and fine arts are compressed or flattened in Japan. Want to learn more? Join us at 6pm on May 2nd, before the 7pm screening of Jellyfish Eyes, for “Collections in Focus: Superflat” with UW Associate Professor James Thurtle for a FREE conversation and viewing of works from our collection. Thurtle will make connections between Murakami’s work, manga, anime, and the ‘flat’ images of 17th, 18th and 19-century Japanese printmakers.

 

Zack Davisson is a translator, writer, and scholar of Japanese folklore, ghosts, and manga. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost and the translator of Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan. He also created the popular Japanese folklore website Hyakumionogatari Kaidankai.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Stop in this Thursday to experience music from performers from the UW School of Music. Enjoy these images of past events in this Luncheonette series every third Thursday at noon.

Music fills the Henry.  Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Jazz with Haegue Yang
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Brass section in Katinka Bocke Photo by Chona Kassinger

Brass section in Katinka Bocke
Photo by Chona Kasinger

 

Our Spring Open House is next Friday — get your tickets now!

 

open house

The Week Ahead @ Henry

March is here and we couldn’t be more excited to be closer to spring. We invite you to come see our two new exhibitions that opened over the weekend: Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane and The Brink: Anne Fenton.

Luncheonette

Join us in the galleries on the first Thursday of every month for a midday concert series featuring performances from solo and chamber musicians from the University of Washington School of Music.

Music fills the Henry.  Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Music fills the Henry.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Critical Collaboration Session: Politics

Thursday night get down and gritty in Seattle politics while using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure. Discussion will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design.

Artist Lecture: Daniel Baumann

Join us Thursday night for the latest lecture in an annual series is organized to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, taught by guest lecturer Eric Fredericksen.

Due to the popularity of this series, we encourage you to RSVP. Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first come first served for those with reserved tickets. All unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50pm. If you were unable to RSVP, please come by the Henry front desk, as a limited number of standby tickets will be made available 10 mins prior to the lecture.

To view videos of previous lectures in this series, click here.

Collection in Focus: The Problem with Objects — DATE CHANGED to 3/20

Join artist and Cornish Professor Ephraim Russell on Thursday night for a conversation about contemporary sculpture. Examining a selection of sculpture from the Henry’s permanent collection, Russell will explore how cultural expectations around utility and the function of objects define the way we value and respond to sculpture.

ArtVENTURES at the Henry: Dig In!

Bring the family this Sunday because it is time to dig into the sculptures of Katinka Bock and excavate themes of history and archeology in the exhibition Katinka Bock: A and I. We’ll explore the transformation of natural materials in an interactive way.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Today is George Washington’s Birthday.

Photo by Dan Bennett

Photo by Dan Bennett

VIDEO//YOGA

Stretch your body and your mind, get out of the cold Thursday with us at lunch time. Wondering what VIDEO//YOGA is really like? Check out this great blog post by Valeria Koulikova from Beyond the Quad, the UW College of Arts and Sciences Student Blog.

Critical Collaboration Session: Crossings

What do you get when a UW student crosses the street? Let’s find out! Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Thursday night; free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of LA Times

Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho

We are excited to welcome Amanda Ross-Ho back to the Henry to speak in the UW School of Art artist lecture series. Amanda was a featured artist in our 2010 exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture. Get tickets now for Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho.

Wish you hadn’t missed a past lecture? You can see them all here on the UW SoA’s Vimeo page.